Penguins, Blues get important wins - Highlights of Friday's NHL Games

Penguins, Blues get important wins - Highlights of Friday's NHL Games
By Reuters

12/03/2016 at 04:54Updated 12/03/2016 at 06:12

Pittsburgh and St. Louis racked up strong wins on Friday night and leading the highlights for the evening.

Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 2

Carl Hagelin's second-period goal, his fourth since joining Pittsburgh earlier in the season, led the Penguins to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday in Nationwide Arena.

Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang also scored for the Penguins, while goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had 25 saves.

The Penguins (35-24-8) are trying to hold off rival Philadelphia for the second and final wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The win preserved their three-point cushion.

Flyers 3, Lightning 1

Sam Gagner scored a power-play goal and Steve Mason had 18 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers posted a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night at Amalie Arena.

Philadelphia (32-23-11) has won six of its past seven games and remains in contention for a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Blues 5, Ducks 2

The St. Louis Blues got their offense going on Friday as they moved closer to the top spot in the Central Division.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice late and Paul Stastny, Jori Lehtera and Patrik Berglund added goals to lead the Blues to a 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night at Scottrade Center.